Beyond the Bay (NEW)

“The night before Esther’s ship was due to dock, her sister dreamed of her.”

Auckland at the turn of the century. A city on the cusp of change. Isobel, a settler of ten years, waits for her sister to cross the ocean to join her. Separated by distance, disappointments and secrets, the women reunite in a land where the rules of home do not apply. Women push for the vote and the land offers opportunity and a future for those brave enough to take it. But some secrets run too deep, some changes too shocking to embrace. Against this backdrop of uncertainty and promise, Isobel and Esther have to determine what – and who – means most.

In this novel, Rebecca Burns returns to the colonial New Zealand explored in her short story collection, The Settling Earth. Beyond the Bay is a novel of hope, redemption, and the unbreakable bond of family.

Rebecca Burns is an award-winning writer of short stories, over thirty of which have been published online or in print. Her short story collections – Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth – were both longlisted for the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Award, the UK’s only prize for short story collections. The Bishop’s Girl, her first novel, was published in September 2016. Artefacts and Other Stories, her third collection of short stories, was published in September 2017. Beyond the Bay is her fifth published work.

She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011, winner of the Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition in 2013 (and runner-up in 2014), won the Black Pear Press short story competition in 2014, was shortlisted for the Green Lady Press Short Story Competition in 2015, and was either short or longlisted for the Evesham Festival Short Story Competition, Chipping Norton Competition and the Sunderland Short Story Award in 2016.

She has been profiled as part of the University of Leicester’s “Grassroutes Project”—a project that showcases the 50 best transcultural writers in the county.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1925652482 (pbk) | 978-1925652512 (ebook)

Category: Historical Fiction

Trade paperback: 244 pages

Publication Date: 19 September 2018

RRP: AU $24.95 (pbk) | $5.99 (ebook)

Author website: www.rebecca-burns.co.uk


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